The 1st T20I will be played between Pakistan and South Africa at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. Pakistan is looking for identical outcomes in the shortest format after wrapping up the Test series 2-0. When they toured New Zealand, Pakistan didn’t have the biggest T20 series, as they lost the series by a 1-2 margin.
The absence of skipper Babar Azam affected Pakistan on that tour. But they are a dangerous side on their home ground and a formidable opponent to beat. On the contrary, South Africa has a lot of fresh faces in its squad, and the captain’s responsibility was given to Heinrich Klassen. For the first time in Pakistan, South Africa will play the T20I, and it will be a real challenge for the young and inexperienced side.
The recent South Africa form in the T20 format is not up to the mark as they lost their home series 0-3 to England a few months back. That said, they have highly talented young people who are willing to make their mark at the international level.
Today will be a perfect day to play cricket as the temperatures range from 24~18 degrees Celsius and humidity of 62%. For this match, there is no chance of precipitation.
A decent scoring affair with spinners and pacers getting enough momentum from the wicket was the last T20I played at this venue.
Before going for shots, batsmen will have to spend some time getting used to the pitch. On this tricky wicket, chasing can be a good choice.
Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Haider Ali, Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usman Qadir, Haris Rauf/Hasan Ali
Heinrick Klaasen (c&wk), Janneman Malan, Reeza Hendricks, JJ Smuts, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Lutho Sipamla, George Linde/Bjorn Fortuin, Junior Dala, Tabraiz Shamsi, Andile Phehlukwayo
Pakistan vs South Africa, 1st T20I Dream 11:
Mohammad Rizwan (c&wk), Haider Ali, Babar Azam, Janneman Malan, David Miller, Reeza Hendricks, Andile Phehlukwayo, JJ Smuts, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Junior Dala
Babar Azam has been in red-hot form in shorter formats. Pakistan will also look forward to getting a better spot in the T20I team rankings by defeating the visitors in all three games. Let’s back the host to win against South Africa with baji.live now!